Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 17.COM 6.A.22

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/22/17.COM/6.a Rev.,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decisions 4.COM 14.12, 9.COM 5.b.8 and 13.COM 7.b.16,
  3. Expresses its appreciation to Viet Nam for submitting, on time, its third report on the status of the element ‘Ca trù singing’, inscribed in 2009 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the efforts described in the report submitted by Viet Nam to safeguard the element, in particular through supporting folk artists and Ca trù clubs to practice and transmit the element, teaching Ca trù in schools, advancing research and inventorying, providing spaces and broadening opportunities to practice the element, and raising public awareness about the element;
  5. Notes also the efforts of community members, organizations and institutions to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, by adjusting the planning of safeguarding activities and sustaining the viability of the element;
  6. Invites the State Party to pursue its efforts to advance supportive policies at all levels of government, to provide learning and training possibilities for transmitting the element, especially to younger generations, to support Ca trù clubs, folk artists and their apprentices and to promote the element among potential audiences;
  7. Encourages the State Party to continue research, inventorying and securing availability of documentation to practitioners of the element for enriching their knowledge and skills, to diversify Ca trù festivals, in particular encouraging younger generations to participate, and to transmit the practice of all components of Ca trù performances, including dance;
  8. Further takes note of the practice of the element in tourism, and also encourages the State Party to sustain the diversity of its repertoire and techniques, bearing in mind the possible negative impacts that over-commercialization could have on the social and cultural functions and meanings of the element;
  9. Further encourages the State Party to continue its fundraising efforts and developing synergies among various funding sources;
  10. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2025 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.